Industry Engagement

Commercialisation experts from Innovation 2 Commercialisation (I2C) Ltd are helping RAIN’s researchers to develop commercially viable technologies that meet the needs of the nuclear industry.

RAIN’s research activities can deliver tangible benefits to the nuclear industry including lower costs and improved safety, for example, by increased use of remote inspection to reduce the chance of human exposure to radiation and other hazards.  RAIN is committed to working effectively with industry to maximise the impact of their research. 

The I2C team are delivering a programme of activities to support the RAIN hub members to strengthen their links with industry and develop innovative robotics and AI solutions that are fully aligned with industry need.


I2C’s industry engagement and commercialisation support programme includes:

  • Discussions with stakeholders from across the UK’s nuclear industry landscape.
  • Development of industry engagement models and appropriate mechanisms for collaboration and active deployment trials.
  • Business case and commercialisation models.
  • A Roadmap for RAIN that fits with industry need.
  • Advice and support during collaborations, feasibility projects, and active deployments.
  • Exploring opportunities for RAIN outputs beyond the nuclear sector.

I2C has facilitated strategic discussions between RAIN experts and key stakeholders from across the UK’s nuclear industry landscape, to increase industry understanding of the potential for robotics & AI application in harsh and extreme environments, while enabling RAIN to develop their technologies with a greater awareness of the challenging requirements of the nuclear sector. 

Active discussions on the development and application of RAIN’s technologies are ongoing with site license companies including DSRL (Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd), Magnox, and EDF and with Tier 2 suppliers Wood, JFN, Cavendish Nuclear, Babcock, and Nuvia

Impact and Outcomes

DSRL

By supporting RAIN’s engagement with DSRL, I2C experts played a pivotal role in the successful active deployment trial of the University of Manchester’s Vega robotic platform at DSRL’s nuclear reactor research facility in March 2020, one of only a very few robot deployments to have ever reached active trial.  As a result of effective engagement and communications, DSRL had enough confidence in the Vega platform to proceed with on-site trials in a low activity environment, instead of limiting trials to inactive conditions as would be common practice.

RAIN is now developing additional sensors for the Vega platform, and is in discussion with DSRL regarding further active deployment. A further potential active deployment with DSRL and RAIN partner, the University of Nottingham, is also in development.

Magnox

In discussions with Magnox, I2C is working with RAIN on developing a convergence of interests between the long-term development plan for Magnox, and relevant research and development in the RAIN portfolio. 



Oxford University Robotics and Ross Robotics

I2C is also currently supporting RAIN partner Oxford University as they work with Ross Robotics on a feasibility project for reconfigurable, multi-sensor 3D navigation technology for rugged all terrain mobility.

Ongoing Support

I2C commercialisation experts are continuing to provide RAIN and its members with support and advice on industry engagement. I2C is advising RAIN on effective mechanisms for collaboration, demonstrations, and trials, as well as appropriate commercialisation strategies that will contribute to the successful development and commercialisation of their robotics and AI technologies, in the nuclear and other relevant industries. 

I2C is a sister company of FIS360 Ltd, with a successful track record of supporting early stage technologies from concept to commercial product. Their team are highly experienced at facilitating the relationship between technology developer and challenge owner to commercialise innovative technology into nuclear environments.